Mr. Jan Mulder visits Nepal
Mr Jan Mulder MEP, Chief Election Observer of the forthcoming EU Election Observation Mission, visited Kathmandu from 3 to 7 February 2008. The visit took place in the context of the longstanding willingness of the EU to send an Election Observation Mission at the request of the Nepalese Government.
Mr Mulder met with Government Ministers and the Election Commission and listened to a wide range of high ranking government officials, political parties, civil society and representatives of the international community. All interlocutors welcomed the commitment to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission.
During discussions Mr Mulder emphasised that free and fair elections cannot be held under the threat of violence. The EU has urged all communities to shun violence, respect and uphold the rule of law, and participate in the Constituent Assembly elections, which are an essential part of the process to bring Nepal closer to peace, democracy and stability.
The deployment of members of the core team for the EU Election Observation Mission will take place in early March followed by phased deployment of Long Term Observers and Short Term Observers to a total of around 100 observers on Election Day. The task of the EU Election Observation Mission will be to neutrally observe the elections in Nepal.
EU Election Observation Missions (EOMs), provide a specific opportunity for an election process to be assessed according to international standards and best practices for genuine democratic elections. Election observation is a vital component of European Union activities to promote democracy, human rights and the rule of law worldwide.
"Jan Mulder bio note.
Jan Mulder has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Dutch liberal party "VVD" since 1994 and is a member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in Parliament. He is a member of the Bureau of Parliament, a member of the Budget Committee and spokesman for ALDE on the Budget Control Committee. Furthermore he is a substitute member of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Committee on Fisheries. He is also a member of the EU delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia (SAARC) and a substitute member of the delegation for relations with the countries of Southern Africa
He was born on 3 October 1943 in Diever, in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands, where he still lives. Jan Mulder graduated as an agricultural engineer from Wageningen University and has subsequently worked as an agricultural specialist in developing countries for the FAO, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission. He lived and worked in Kenya from 1970 to 1975. "